GLENVILLE – The Reverend George R. Richards, 80, entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2017 at Ellis Hospital. Richards was born in Scranton (PA) and graduated from Scranton Central High School and Wilkes University, then the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Following ordination in the Episcopal Church, Richards was pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, Clifton Springs, and E. Rochester, New York, before serving as director of human resources at the University of Rochester, Clifton Springs Hospital, and Union College. Upon retirement from Union he returned to the ministry, serving United Methodist Churches in Crown Point, Moriah, Middle Grove, Rock City Falls, East Stone Arabia, and Fonda-Fultonville.
He was a long-time member of the bass section of the Mohawk Valley Chorus and a founding member of the Hudson-Mohawk Chorale, with which he toured the European Low Countries in 2015. He was also an avid boater, with a particular love of Lake Ontario.
Richards is survived by his son, Jeffrey Richards, of Columbus, Ohio, multiple friends and colleagues, and dear friend Janet Angelis of New Baltimore.
At his request, his body has been donated to Albany Medical College, and a celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Gifts of remembrance may be made to the American Heart Association; the Mohawk Valley Chorus, PO Box 612, Amsterdam, NY 12010; or the Hudson-Mohawk Chorale, PO Box 11422, Loudonville, NY 12211. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.